Mini Pecan Pies « Clean & Delicious


Adorable vegan healthy Mini Pecan Pies with a walnut date crust are the perfect no bake treat. This dairy & gluten free mini pecan pies recipe is easy to make, uses natural sweeteners, and is seriously delicious! A great dessert to enjoy for the holidays.

mini pecan pies on a plate with a bite taken out of one

These mini pecan pies are such a treat! This is a raw, vegan, plant-based recipe that is perfect for the holidays and also a great head start ingredient to have on hand for when you want a sweet bite during the week.

A combination of walnuts, dates and maple syrup make up the crust and it’s topped with a flavorful pecan filling (no corn syrup needed!), and these mini pecan tarts also happen to be super easy to make – no baking required. If you’re a pecan pie lover, you must add these little gems to your holiday menu! In my opinion, these are even better than traditional pecan pie!

And keep in mind that this is a very simple recipe – so even if you are a brand new, healthy home cook, you can 100% nail this recipe.

mini pecan pies on a serving plate

Ingredients in Mini Pecan Pies

These healthy mini pecan pies aren’t sweetened with the typical mixture of corn syrup and sugar used to make classic pecan pie. Instead, the filling is easily made in a food processor with simple, real, unprocessed ingredients. More importantly, these mini pecan pies taste amazing and no one will be able to tell that they’re gluten free and vegan! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Raw walnuts – These give the crust a lovely nutty flavor and also provide structure.
  • Pitted dates – Dates are needed to naturally sweeten and hold the crust together and they are also used to make the pecan filling.
  • Maple syrup – Along with the dates, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup is needed for sweetening the crust.
  • Sea salt – For flavor in both the crust and the filling.
  • Toasted pecans – The star of the show! We’re using 3/4 cup to make the filling and then we’ll top each mini pie with a pecan half.
  • Vanilla + cinnamon For delicious flavor in the pecan pie filling.
  • Warm water – To mix with the filling ingredients for the perfect smooth and jammy consistency.
  • Dairy-free whipped topping – Totally optional, but so good! Look for almond milk or coconut milk whipped topping in the refrigerated dairy section of your grocery store.

How to Make Healthy Mini Pecan Pies

This mini pecan pie recipe is super easy! And you don’t even have to worry about baking anything. You’ll just need to make sure you have a mini muffin pan.

  • Prep – Prepare a 24-cup mini muffin pan by greasing with coconut oil and lining with parchment strips so the pies pop out easily (see image). Be sure not to use cooking spray because it will make the pies greasy.
  • Soak dates – Soak 15 dates in warm water for 25 minutes.
  • Crust – Add raw walnuts, dates, maple syrup and salt to a food processor and process until crumbly and sticky. Spoon one teaspoon of pie dough into each muffin cup and gently push and pat down to create a pie crust.
  • Filling – Process 1/2 cup of pecans, 15 dates, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt in the food processor. Add in warm water and process until smooth and jammy. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup of chopped pecans.
  • Fill crust – Spoon mixture into a large ziplock bag, remove excess air and snip an opening in the corner of the bag. Pipe the filling into each muffin cup, doing your best to fill them evenly. Top each mini pie with a pecan half.  
  • Chill – Place pan in the fridge to chill and set up for a minimum of 4 hours.
  • Serve – Enjoy topped with a dollop of coconut whipped cream (or your favorite dairy-free whipped topping). 
visual steps showing how to make mini pecan pies

Tips for Recipe Success

  • Toasting pecans – Lightly toasting your pecans will add so much flavor to them! I like to toast the pecans in a large nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Simply add them to the dry pan and shake them around every minute or so. They are done once they become fragrant and lightly golden brown.
  • Greasing muffin pan – I recommend coating each muffin cup with some coconut oil. I find cooking spray makes the pecan pies a little greasy, so while it will work in a pinch, coconut oil would be my first choice. 
  • Parchment strips – Adding parchment strips into the bottom of the greased muffin cups provides a little pulley to help pop the pecan pies right out when you are ready to serve them. Simply roll a piece of parchment paper and then cut into rounds and then in half to create strips. Lay the strips criss cross in each muffin cup.
mini pecan pies topped with whipped cream

What Makes These Mini Pecan Pies Healthy?

  • Pecans – All of the ingredients in these little pies have great health benefits, but let’s talk pecans. Pecans are rich in a number of important nutrients. Specifically, they’re a good source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Most of the fat found in pecans is a healthy type called monounsaturated fat, which can help lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol.
  • Naturally sweetened – These pecan pies are naturally sweetened with dates and pure maple syrup. Dates have many health benefits and are a good source of selenium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and copper. And pure maple syrup is not only high in antioxidants, but it includes nutrients like riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium.
  • Vegan – There are no eggs, butter or cream in this recipe, so these mini pies are naturally dairy free and vegan. 
  • Gluten free – There is no flour needed to make these mini pecan pies. The base of the crust is simple mix of raw walnuts (which also offer nutrients), maple syrup and dates.

Go ahead and pop a couple of these cute pecan pies! You’ll know that you’re feeding your body lots of nutrients. And you can feel good about serving them to your family!

Make Ahead

These little pecan tarts are a great dessert to make in advance because they need up to 4 hours of chill time and they easily last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

How to Store Vegan Mini Pecan Pies

To freeze – I love to serve these mini pecan pie bites straight from the freezer! Simply store them in an airtight container and freeze them for up to 3 months. You can eat them straight from the freezer.

In the fridge – These mini pecan pies are best stored in the freezer but the fridge works as well (they will just be a little bit softer. Pop them into an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

mini pecan pie that has been bitten into

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If you make these mini pecan pies, be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for me and our Clean & Delicious community (thank you!).

mini pecan pies on a plate with a bite taken out of one

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Mini Pecan Pies

Adorable vegan healthy mini pecan pies with a walnut date crust are the perfect no bake treat. This dairy & gluten free mini pecan pies recipe is easy to make, uses natural sweeteners, and is seriously delicious! A great dessert to enjoy for the holidays.

Course: DESSERT

Cuisine: American

Prep Time15 mins

Refrigeration time4 hrs

Total Time4 hrs 15 mins

Servings: 24 mini pies

Calories: 122kcal

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
  • 3 dates (60 grams) pitted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Filling

  • 3/4 cup dry toasted pecans finely chopped (plus 24 pecan halves for topping)
  • 15 dates (320 grams) pitted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons warm water

*coconut oil for greasing the muffin pan

Instructions

Crust

  • Add raw walnuts, dates, maple syrup and salt to a food processor and process until crumbly and sticky.

  • Add one teaspoon of pie dough to each muffin cup and gently push and pat down to create a pie crust.

Notes

I recommend storing and eating them straight from the freezer! They don’t freeze through and have the best texture this way.

Nutrition

Serving: 1mini pie | Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg



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